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Walt Whitman


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The Complete Poems
Walt Whitman
In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of America's most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual...



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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
John Ashbery, Walt Whitman
Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's...



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Leaves of Grass
The First (1855) Edition
Malcolm Cowley, Walt Whitman
Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the...